Council #5780





Sacred Heart KofC Council
    St. Margaret Church Madison, CT  


Dana D Doyon, 78, of Madison, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2012. Dana was a 51 year member of the KofC and a 4th Degree. He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Reagan) Doyon. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a teacher in the Haddam-Killingworth School system for over 35 years. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Eric, of Old Saybrook, his son Gregory and his wife, Fai, of Madison and his son Kevin and his wife Darcie of Ivoryton. Brother of Hilary Doyon of FL, Beverly Ward of ME, Douglas Doyon of ME and the late Loretta Clifford and Clifford Doyon. Grandfather of Liam, Kelsey and Conor Duncan, Reagan and Patrick (PJ) Doyon and Lyla Doyon. He was also predeceased by his son Paul.

Robert "Bob" Arthur Duffy, husband of the late Mary Ellen (McKenna) Duffy, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 at Hospice of Connecticut, in Branford.

He was born on March 21, 1926 in Putnam, CT to Thomas F. and Margaret (Curran) Duffy. He leaves seven well-loved children: Thomas F. Duffy and his wife Maureen of Sharon, MA; Mary Ellen Ballard and her husband Robert of Noblesville, IN; Margaret Doherty and her husband Brian of New Rochelle, NY; Timothy M. Duffy of Norwich, CT; Patrick J. Duffy and his wife Terry of Madison, CT; Matthew J. Duffy and his two dogs Foose and Doc of Madison, CT; and Robert E. Duffy and his wife Cheryl of Hays, KS. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter of whom he was very proud.

He was preceded in death by his only brother Thomas F. Duffy who died while serving his country in World War II, and his wife Mary Ellen of 44 years.

He graduated from Putnam High School in 1943, served in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 as a tail-gunner on a B-29, and graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a business degree in 1950. He was employed as a Special Agent by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 28 years including assignments in Knoxville, TN, Chicago, IL, and Connecticut. He was a long time communicant of St. Margaret's Parish in Madison. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, he loved our family vacations at the beach in Weekapaug, RI.

George Francischelli, loving husband of Maryann (Caggiano) and devoted father of Nicole and Michael died peacefully at home in Madison on Monday, July 27, 2015 after a long and very brave battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends.

George was born to Carmela and Dominick Francischelli. He lived in Southington for most of his childhood and young adult life. He graduated from Southington High in 1979 and University of Hartford in 1983. He retired in 2013 from a long career with the IRS as a criminal investigator and forensic specialist.

He was an active member with the Knights of Columbus at St. Margaret's Church in Madison where he was also a long time member. However, far and above all that, George was a wonderfully committed family man. He and Maryann enjoyed 20 years of marriage and Nicole and Michael gave him many reasons for pride and joy. He was predeceased by his father. He also leaves his brothers Bruce and his wife Betsey of Burlington, CT, David and his wife Lynn of Minnesota, Paul and his fiancé of Southington, and Dominick of Westfield, MA and a sister Dawn McKnerney and her husband Paul of Southington, CT as well as close friends to help carry on his legacy. In lieu of flowers the family kindly asks that donations to the American Cancer Society or the Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund be made in his name.


Mark Hershnik born March 4, 1960 and called to our Lord October 13, 2008. He was a longtime resident of Madison, he earned a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University, and a degree in administration from Fairfield University. A devoted and much-loved teacher, he began his career in 1983 at Brown Middle School, subsequently teaching at Polson Middle School where he was also English department coordinator for grades 5 – 8.

He was named 2009 Madison Public School Teacher
of the Year. He noted in an interview on that occasion that “you don’t remember whether or not I taught you how to vary your sentences in a persuasive essay. But you do remember the teacher who helped you, who took the time, who formed a relationship, who connected with you. ” Mark Hershnik will always be remembered and missed by his students, his family, and his many beloved friends.

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Dr. Russell Martin

Dr. Rufus Russell Martin Jr. of Madison, age 78, husband of Mary Ann Martin for 53 years, passed away peacefully on April 10, 2014 with family by his side. He lived a long and full life, was beloved by his family and friends, and enjoyed volunteering in the Madison community.
Russ was born on March 3, 1936 in Atlanta, GA to Rufus Russell Martin and his wife Grace Moody Martin. He shone brightly from a young age and entered Yale University at 16, graduating in 1956. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1960. He married Mary Ann Iannotti in Providence, Rhode Island in 1961. He was stationed at Bangor, Maine, where he served as a Captain in the US Air Force. Russ and Mary Ann then moved to Augusta, GA for him to complete his residency specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
From there it was on to Indianapolis, where Russ served as associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. They next moved to Houston, where he was a tenured professor at the Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor at Rice University. In addition to publishing many scientific research papers in peer-reviewed journals, Russ conducted scientific experiments with NASA and the Apollo-Soyuz space mission.
In 1983, Russ began work in the private sector, as a director and vice president at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and later Hybridon. At Bristol-Myers he pioneered ground-breaking research in AIDS therapies, developing drugs which are still used today to treat HIV. Russ was a member of numerous national medical organizations.
Russ spent many hours giving back to the community, serving as president of The Madison Lion's Club and volunteering with Madison Community Services. He was a parishioner at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Men Over 60 Club, and the Keyart's Klamberers Hiking Club.
Russ is survived by his wife Mary Ann; his children Karen Martin Hawes and her husband Arthur, Rufus Russell III and his wife Susan Kirr, and John and his wife Kelli; grandchildren Will, Mary Katherine and Julia Hawes, and brother Joseph Martin and his wife Helen, and brother- and sister-in-law Harry and Judy Iannotti.


Walter Murphy, 83, born May 26, 1928 called to our Lord August 11, 2011. Walt was married for 52 years to his lovely wife Carol. He also leaves his children: Walter (Jerry) and Susan Murphy, Megan M. and William Thompson, Michael and Phyllis Murphy, Ellen M. and Felipe Illanes, and Maura M. and William Leone; and 12 adoring grandchildren who knew him as "Pop Pop": Matthew and Madeleine Murphy, Alexandra and Isabel Thompson, Cassidy and Shane Murphy, Tomas, Andres and Miguel Illanes, and Michael, Gabriella and Nicolas Leone

He was a US Army Veteran. Walt had a life-long love of and dedication to singing: he was a member of the Wallingford Chorale and then the Shoreline Chorale for 45 years. For the past 10 years, he was active in the Shoreline Men Over Sixty and in the annual Children's Fair for Juvenile Diabetes, delivered Meals on Wheels for 3 years, and was a communicant of St. Margaret Church in Madison. He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling with Carol, attending his grandchildren's sports and music activities, reading about WWII and the Civil War, and was a life-long Red Sox fan.

Walt was a Third Degree Knight, joining the KofC in 1954. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Carol and Walt's entire family

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Anthony Ridarelli, 77, of Madison, CT passed into the hands of the Lord. Beloved husband of Margaret Pelzer Ridarelli. Anthony was born in New Haven on April 22, 1936, son of the late Guido and Louise Esposito Ridarelli. Loving father of Meg Tamayo and her husband Ray and Laura Ridarelli. Brother of Joseph Ridarelli and his wife Enes, and Tina Amendola and her late husband Andrew. Also survived by two grandchildren, Jacob and Sarah Tamayo.

Mr. Ridarelli served his country in US Army from 1959 – 1961. He earned his AS at University of New Haven. He worked for Sears and Roebuck from 1961 – 1999. Anthony was a Fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus – Sacred Heart Council 5780. He volunteered yearly for Habitat for Humanity – Raise the Roof and attended St. Raphael’s Lung Life for many years. His greatest joys in life, were his family, the Red Sox, travel, bird watching and model trains.

Tony was a valued member of the Sacred Heart Council 5780 of the KofC, serving for several years as an Officer of the Council and was always the first to volunteer for any activity the council sponsored. His faith, strength, and commitment will be deeply missed by his Brother Knights.